Dog Days: Rolling my eyes

As I sit here roughing in the title of what I am going to write about, I am rolling my eyes. Hence the new and improved title. Honestly, I have no clue how I managed to row 10k today but Dog Days:Week 2 is completed. Hallelujah!

Today’s row was absolutely miserable. My mind was not in the game. It was running frenzied, like watching the mayhem between one of those blue tailed skinks and my black lab as she chases the thing around the porch and up the tree. 

The original plan was to row 20k in four sessions. Having rowed a 5k Tuesday and Wednesday the goal was to row 5k today and again tomorrow but I have several pressing priorities tomorrow so opted to just finish the last 10k today.

The new and improved (rolling my eyes) plan was to row down a ladder: 4k with a 3 minute rest, 3k – 2 minute rest, 2k – 1 minute rest and then finish strong with 1k. 

For some bizarre reason I dropped the damper to level 4.5 (rolling my eyes) instead of 5 – 5.5 and that is when the row went sideways. Between the heat and the damper setting I wanted to quit halfway through the 4k. My times were horrific and I could have cared less, sort of. I could have changed the damper setting but opted to suffer instead (rolling my eyes).

My SPM’s were the worst ever, as in like my first days ever rowing, and then I whined my way through the rest period, the 3k and rest period, the 2k and rest period. By the time I got to that last 1k it was all I could do to just get it done while thoughts regarding the 30k caused me to lament ever rowing Dog Days 2017.  

Still it is d-o-n-e. Tomorrow I can wake up with a new and improved attitude if I do not have lingering nightmares about today. 

Putting my miserable, whining self to bed now (rolling my eyes).

Oh, wait! I can end today with one happy thought. Thanks to whoever used my CrossRope Code to order a jump rope! I get a free t-shirt.

(Was that you, Michel? – not rolling my eyes!) 

That $10 OFF code expires September 4, 2017 so take advantage today!

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More toe drama, bless my heart

This was my week. It was my week to jump back into Rowing, Running, Jumping Rope and perhaps Bowling. I had accomplished the first CrossRope Challenge and rowed the Concept Summer Solstice Challenge to complete my first half-marathon. And the second CrossRope event today was going to be my crowning glory!

At 3:30 p.m., I banged my big toe with a solid wood core door. The nail immediately looked like a tragedy and it is still painful at 8:16 p.m.  It is going to fall off, most definite. 

Bandaid-ing it up, making sure all of my blisters on my feet were neosporined and bandaged too, I donned my socks and Altras. With some pain on both feet, as I walked to the mats, I prepared myself to jump 250 revolutions, for time, with my one pound CrossRope. 

My toe was rebelling.

I jumped again. 

Nope. Not happening. The big toe was screaming like a stuck pig.  

My week of ecstasy is over in two failed swoops of the rope.

Count My Blessings Today: Name Them One By One 
  1. Thank you Bluebell Vanilla Ice CreamIMG_7987.JPG
  2. Thanks again, Amanda and Lyn, for Fresh, Homemade Strawberry Jam.  
  3. Thank you Honey-do for getting the #SinFood in the dish for me to enjoy. 
  4. THANK YOU Richard C. for your help, again, in fixing the other part of the  trim on my truck.  
  5. Thanks to Charlie R. for being such a delightful reminder about the simple joys in life.
  6. Thanks to Marty and Steph for the door that I could pass on to someone else who truly appreciates it! 
  7. Thanks to Steph for helping me load it in my truck. 
  8. Thanks to Jonathan for a wonderful conversation today. It was great to see you!

There. I feel much better now.  

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Rowed my 1st Half-Marathon

The goal was to get out the door to start rowing by 8:30 a.m. To make a long story short I finally got to the rower about 9:45 a.m. with my iPhone jack for my portable CD player, my headphones, my Vitamixed Watermelon water bottle, 3 bottles of water and a babyfood pouch containing a lots of potassium veggie-fruit blend for during the row, a Zone bar and a single serving pack of NutriBiotic protein powder as needed for post row, all while managing to forget the socks for my shoes. 

IMG_7957IMG_7959My new shoes. My Tovos. The shoes I have never before worn, ever, and I forget socks on top of forgetting to keep my old shoes just a few days longer so I could row in my old, comfortable, non-blistering shoes. 

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My hands held up really well, thanks to my fanstastic Crew Stop Rowing Gloves. I love them! I have a total of four, minor blisters and I think that due to the fact I was concentrating on telling myself to push past my feet therefore not paying attention to my grip. IMG_7963

Oh my goodness, one thing I learned is to have my own personal rowing fan for those hot, sultry southern days. It is a Lasko 3-speed and was absolutely perfect for today’s row. IMG_7965

It took me 2 hours 24 minutes 19.3 seconds to finish the row. I was hoping to stay on a three minute pace but am happy with a 3:25.2 for my first half-marathon. I finished strong. 

Not too shabby for a little old gray haired lady, who jumped 500 single unders with a 1/4lb rope the day before for the newest CrossRope ChallengeOh yes I did and I do it all at Guns Out CrossFit.

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A Best WoD Day Ever: Don’t Hate

Last night Coach Charles posted the WoD for today and I got so excited about it because three of the four MetCons are things I love to do! 

“Don’t Hate”
1 mile run for time
200 DU’s for time
2000 m row for time
50 cal bike for time
Any order. Just get er done!

The order I chose to follow was how it came up on WoDify: FullSizeRender

RUN: The only adaptation for me was I pushed Charlie R. in his stroller while running. He did not really slow me down that much since I Granny-shuffle anyway. Probably I could have walked it faster but he seemed to enjoy my speed as I went down the hills… both ways… 

The amazing thing was my desire to run today. All I could keep thinking about was how shocked my Teammates from 26.2 CrossFit would have been to see the fire in my soul for running today. And it really made me happy to know that running is part of me now. 

Yayeee!

ROW: Yeah Baby! It is definitely my passion. 

BIKE: Meh. Not my favorite, especially after pushing the stroller and then rowing. But I did not die so all is well.

DOUBLE UNDERS: These I cannot do yet, so stick with Single Unders. I dread having to double the count so use a CrossRope 1/2 pound rope to justify sticking with the 200 count. Using the heavier CrossRopes is going to pay off soon, I hope!

I am always the last to finish whatever it is to be done. Today was no different. But I was so excited to do each MetCon as best I could and that is what I did. Today was simply a #BestWoDDayEver at Guns Out CrossFit in Montgomery, Alabama.

Thanks to all of my teammates and my especially to my Coach, Happy Birthday Charles, for the encouragement to keep going and Git ‘er done!  

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Three days and Five Packages

It is almost like Christmas, only better because we do not really do Christmas presents for ourselves because we get presents throughout the year. So it is like Christmas every time we get a package. And oh yeah. Lots of packages this week. 

My adorable Uncle Ed discovered a Sylvania CD/Radio player that he absolutely loves. He is legally blind and he can work this player with great ease. With the price being so reasonable, he has purchased several as gifts to give to people who are blind or are going blind as a true gift of love in service to others. 

He also bought one for my mother (she is not blind nor going blind). The one he bought for me arrived on Tuesday and the batteries he so thoughtfully purchased for me arrived on Wednesday.

By the way, I am not blind. He just loves me so he bought me one because he loves me. 

Today my Indian Clubs with DVD arrived. Man-o-man I love those things. My Honey-do picked the package up at our office suite (UPS offers fabulous service) and brought it to me when I was at Guns Out CrossFit today. Cannot express how happy that made me except for the fact that I did open the box immediately, got them out, and as soon as the area was clear I went to town swinging those babies around.  #HappyHappyHappy

As I left the box I got a text, from Honey-do, and he said two more boxes had arrived. Oh yeah. I knew exactly what was in those puppies. He was back at work already. He said he would pick them up on the way home for me. 

I know, a great Honey-do. #DontBeJealous

The Premium Set arrived after lunch time via UPS. Now I have every CrossRope there is to date. Next week I can begin CrossRope jumping again! Woohoo and Whoop-de-doooo!

And the last package was not one but two copies of Mike Lee’s book Written Out of History. One for me and one for….. 

 

…..to be continued. 

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